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Ruth Saxelby received the Music Journalist of the Year-award

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The Music Journalist of the Year 2015 is Ruth Saxelby.

Earlier in the year Musicians' Corners' artist-jury elected Saxelby, currently at The Fader, as the recipient based on your nominations.

And yesterday Ruth Saxelby received her much deserved award in New York.

Singer Emma Larsson presented the award.

The artist jury's motivation for awarding Saxelby's journalistic work is:


Ruth Saxelby is our choice. We have done many interviews, and questions can occasionally feel contrived. Saxelby's approach to questioning artists keeps the interest of the reader, while moving the subject matter in a cohesive manner.  As performance artists ourselves, we appreciate her insight and attention to the topic. It was refreshing to read about subjects we don't often read about, such as the inspiration of a film composer. Saxelby is a talented writer, and we hope that she will have many years of unique and insightful journalism.


The artist-jury for the award this year are Kent Beatty, Will Calhoun and Mfa Kera.


This was Musicians' Corner's second annual Music Journalist of the Year-award. In 2015 it first went to Derek Walmsley.

The importance of quality music journalism can't be overestimated, and we very much want to acknowledge it here at Musicians' Corner. We look forward to following Ruth Saxelby's work in the coming years.



Ruth Saxelby: http://www.thefader.com/contributor_hub/ruth-saxelby

Emma Larsson: http://www.emmalarsson.com/

Kent Beatty: http://www.kentbeatty.com/

Will Calhoun: http://www.willcalhoun.com/

Mfa Kera: http://www.blackheritage.de/

The Music Journalist of the Year-award for 2014: http://www.musicians-corner.net/Derek-Walmsley-received-The-Music-Journalist-of-the-Year-award/

The Music Journalist of the Year-award: http://www.musicians-corner.net/category/presentation/

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The Music Journalist of the Year 2015 is Ruth Saxelby!

Article in the section Articles about the Music Journalist of the Year award



   We are proud to announce that the recipient of The Music Journalist of the Year-award for 2015 is Ruth Saxelby.

   Ruth Saxelby is managing editor at The Fader, and has also contributed her journalistic skills at Pitchfork, The Guardian, Dummy, and Dazed & Confused.

   Among the excellent articles that Saxelby produced during the previous year you find examples such as these:


Techno Pioneer Derrick May Is Ready For Detroit To Get Its On-Screen Dues

In Conversation With The All-Knowing Ryuichi Sakamoto


   Musicians Corners' artist jury's motivation for awarding Ruth Saxelby with the title Music Journalist of the Year:


Ruth Saxelby is our choice. We have done many interviews, and questions can occasionally feel contrived. Saxelby's approach to questioning artists keeps the interest of the reader, while moving the subject matter in a cohesive manner.  As performance artists ourselves, we appreciate her insight and attention to the topic. It was refreshing to read about subjects we don't often read about, such as the inspiration of a film composer. Saxelby is a talented writer, and we hope that she will have many years of unique and insightful journalism.


   The artist jury for this year's award were Kent Beatty, Will Calhoun and Mfa Kera.

   The annual Music Journalist of the Year-award was first presented in 2015.

  



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Mfa Kera remembers Samba Sock





 
Indeed every Year, we loose great musicians..((.but new generations are pushing...and they are welcome as MUSIC goes on..))
I may especially  name one musician among others, : the percussionist Samba Sock-I know it may not sound familiar to you..but something strange happened which i have to take as  cosmic-
We knew  Samba Sock since very long-He had been one of the first professional percussionists living in Germany.coming from Senegal he got a family here and stayed--opening doors to many other african musicians- playing this "tama" ( small talking drum) which i love so much..and composing-
In July when I was writing  my little book for Klett publications...a lot based on my own childhood I was talking about  the Mosq of Touba...which in this time was in construction-I knew Samba is a Sufi, and would everytime  he was back home, go to Touba- which since became the  Mecca of Africa-So here I am recollecting as much as possible all those moments for the book...telephone rings...and a Senegalese brother announces me that Samba  had just died.... the weather was just like a raining season in Berlin...I looked at the sky..I knew Samba's was talking to me..this helped smoothen the shock. and the deep sadness..by bringing this departure on a high spiritual path...Music is transcendance...
 
 

 

 
MFA Kera is a singer, composer, writer and painter, who spent her childhood years in Madagascar and Senegal. After a move to Paris she began her music career, inspired not in the least by Mahalia Jackson. Working with many greats along the way, such as John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Mickey Baker and Milt Buckner, and after spending a few years in Los Angeles, Kera is now based in Berlin, where she continues to fuse ethnic African music with a myriad of musical elements, while working with her Black Heritage Orchestra.
 
Samba Sock was a percussionst born in Dakar. After working in The Ivory Coast and Nigeria he relocated to Berlin in 1979.

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Season's Greetings from T.M. Stevens!

 

 

  We have received a text from one of the amazing artists who got this site started!

  Bass legend T.M. Stevens contributed a film to Musicians' Corner in December 2013, and that really meant a lot to the development on this site. (Watch it below!)

  Today T.M. shares his thoughts on the year that is about to come to a close and his hopes for the one that is about to begin. And not only that. He also shows us a few pages from his photo album of his colleagues and friends.

  Enjoy!

 




" The music business has really changed, in that when I was playing music in the mid 80's and all throughout the 90's, I made a really good living, as the recording session business was really doing great, and the Musicians Union set how much we got paid to record. Some sessions were to overdub, but most of the sessions were playing with full bands and all together. Now and all through 2014, most of the music is all computerized samples and loops, and they don't use real musicians to record those songs, so the music these days sounds very robotic and with no soul.

What caught my ear, is last New Years Eve, I flew to Washington DC and played with the great Dr. John from New Orleans, and just by listening to his left hand on the keyboards, I played about 18 songs with no rehearsal and it rocked, and was all real music. "

 



Dr. John and T.M. Stevens

 

" A few weeks ago, I found out that a great friend of mine passed away, and he's a legendary bass player from the famous 60' band called “The Cream”. His name is Jack Bruce, and we both did a jam session together at the Warwick New York Shop, (as we both are Warwick endorsers), and even though it was two basses, it really rocked. "

Jack Bruce ~ , T.M. Stevens and Mordy Ferber

 

" I also miss Whitney Houston in music. I really miss her and her great talent. "

 

Whitney Houston ~ , ''So Emotional'' video with T.M. Stevens 

 

" For 2015, I pray with my heart and soul that REAL MUSIC WILL COME BACK, AND REAL MUSICIANS WILL PLAY TOGETHER AGAIN WITHOUT COMPUTERS AND LOOPS. Thank You Maria & Musicians' Corner..”T.M.” "

 



With Richie Kotzen, Will Calhoun

 



With Clarence Clemons ~ and band





With Stevie Wonder

 



With Bernie Worrell, DeWayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight and Cindy Blackman-Santana

 


With Sheila E


 







 

 

 


 



With Doug Wimbish and Jeff Berlin



With Ricky Lawson ~

 



With Mfa Kera and band

 


With Larry Graham and Bootsy Collins

 


 

 



 

To watch T.M. Stevens 45 minute long film for Musicians' Corner, made in December 2013, and full of timeless and priceless information 

GO TO THE FILM ''STRAIGHT MUSIC TALK''

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MFA Kera: Interview


 

Mahalia Jackson in Senegal

A talk with MFA Kera

 

 

Sadiq Bey's interview with MFA Kera part 1

Black Heritage at Free Blues Club

Sadiq Bey's interview with MFA Kera part 2

MFA Kera and Mike Russell's Black Heritage Nelson Mandela tribute

Black Heritage afro soul retrospective

 


MFA Kera is a singer, composer, writer and painter, who spent her childhood years in Madagascar and Senegal. After a move to Paris she began her music career, inspired not in the least by Mahalia Jackson. Working with many greats along the way, such as John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Mickey Baker and Milt Buckner, and after spending a few years in Los Angeles, Kera is now based in Berlin, where she continues to fuse ethnic African music with a myriad of musical elements, while working with her Black Heritage Orchestra.

Find out more HERE.

The supervising editor at Musicians' Corner's pick: MFA Kera europe remix 3 by Sadiq Bey >green_man/

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